I found that the challenges between them helped me keep better records for my reading, expanded my horizons, and achieved a bit of a balance.
I also discovered things about my reading habits.
I don't feel at the moment that the challenges force me into a reading strait jacket.
I still basically read what I want to, and then decide which challenge they fit into. Sometimes I have to look for a book for a particular challenge.
Some of the reading challenges last year were more easily achievable than others because they fell into the pattern of what I already read. That doesn't make them any less worthy a challenge though.
I also reserve the right to add challenges as the year progresses.
I allow myself to count a book for more than one challenge (e-book and Nordic for example) and I allow the book to be in any format (apart from film).
So I've come up with 14 reading challenges. If you are interested in the finer details you will find them on 2012 Reading Challenges Update
The reading challenges I've joined
- Agatha Christie Reading Challenge 0/12
- 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge: aiming for 166+ currently: 3
- 2012 e-book challenge currently 1/75
- Nordic Challenge 2012 currently 1/20
- Aussie Author Challenge 0/12
- 2012 Global Reading Challenge currently 2/21
- Canadian Book Challenge 2011-2012 7/13
- Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge 0/16
- Historical Fiction Challenge at Historical Tapestry 0/10
- British Books Challenge 0/12
- American authors: currently 2/20
- translated, currently 1
- New Zealand, currently 0/4
- new to me: currently 0
You will notice some overlap in the record below, with many books counting in more than one challenge.
If you want to join me on one of the personal challenges, let me know - I could probably be talked into hosting a challenge with a Mr Linky if enough people are interested.